The OECD's report, Regional Outlook 2016, is an analysis of the trajectories of rural and urban economies within the 30 plus countries that make up its membership. It specifically looked at the reasons for productivity gaps between regions. This is important reading for our provincial and national policy makers and provides encouragement and evidence for those advocating coherent, long-term investment in effective rural regional development.

The Centre Wellington Community Foundation (CWCF) published our first ever Vital Signs report in 2015. The report was designed to take the pulse of our community and to help identify key areas where action and attention is needed most. What happens now that we have produced a successful and well-received Vital Signs report? In the post-report process we are using consultations and Vital Conversations to help move the community to action on specific items identified in the report. 

Looking after ourselves does not stop there when it comes to leading nonprofits. We also need to re-energize and refresh ourselves in the work itself. Every day it is our job to inspire and lead our staff to work with people who are hurting, to challenge unfair systems and to help others make a better life for themselves. This requires passion. And passion requires energy. This kind of energy can be refreshed by the 3 things that we have focused upon in our leadership forum TIME OUT – reflecting, learning and connecting.

Rural electricity cost relief and northern infrastructure allocation merits a mention 

Today the reigning Liberal provincial government gave themselves the opportunity for a reboot on their strategic direction. This is in the context where its approval ratings and the popularity of its leader have been remarkably low given the generally improving economic climate. What does it mean for rural and small town Ontarians distant from the GTA?

It’s incredibly important to keep conversations going about the state of rural affairs to share information. To this end, the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity is hosting the three day R2R Conference from September 28th-30th in Blyth, Ontario.

Because of the small number of students in the schools in the Northern Bruce Peninsula, residents have felt under the threat of school closures for many years.  In 2014, a citizens' group, the Peninsula Action Committee for Education (PACE), was formed to be proactive in seeking out creative solutions for education that meets the needs of our municipality. PACE has since partnered with the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula to undertake a community project that will develop a growth mindset around the issue.

The Ontario government is inviting Ontarians to submit ideas on how to make Ontario the most open and digitally connected government in Canada. This is an opportunity to communicate about what can make the government’s transparency aspirations real – we urge you to contribute your rural voice!



Oxford County shared the data results from the Community Wellbeing Survey Wednesday, which suggests that more than three quarters of Oxford residents feel satisfied with their community as a place to live. (The survey was produced in collaboration with the Rural Ontario Institute.) Read the full story here. Read the report here.


Through the Rural Lens

Date: July 25, 2016

Sheila Schuehlein, Project Lead for The Huron County Healthy Rural Policy Lens initiative in collaboration with the ROI recently facilitated an educational workshop with the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy. The purpose of the workshop was to introduce students to the Healthy Rural Policy Lens to see first-hand how the tool helps the user identify unforeseen issues and opportunities from a uniquely rural perspective. (read the full story here)

AALP Blog: Heading home

Date: July 13, 2016

Class 16 spends the last day of their North American Study Tour at a Niagara winery.